The vast majority of my readers are adults… even though I write middle grade and young adult stories. Why are readers well over the age when books are assigned in school drawn to these stories? Fast pacing. Great, colorful characters. Action without horrific bloodshed. Romance without too much in the sexytimes department. These stories are filled with what I call “good, old-fashioned storytelling.” It’s no surprise to me that adults love them!
If you like faeries and magick and all things YA Fantasy…
Right now, you can pick up a raft of clean fun in the Crossing Worlds YA Fantasy StoryBundle – it has my MG story Faery Swap (a Prince and the Pauper meets Warrior Faeries tale) along with nine other novels:
(bundle ends Friday 4/17!)
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If you like robots and creativity and all things YA Science Fiction…
One knock against YA and younger stories is that they don’t tackle serious topics. They’re “fluff” reading. This is usually said by people who don’t actually read YA or MG. My latest YA novel tackles a future world where most of humanity has ascended into a god-like human/robot hybrids with vastly superior intelligence, leaving behind a few legacy humans who are preserved for their genetic diversity. Here’s what reviewers are saying about it:
“Science fiction with philosophical depth.”
“Palpable intelligent fiction at its best, for any age reader.”
“The Legacy Human has it all: memorable characters with agency, great villains, impossible odds, and tremendous world-building… I’d even go so far as to compare it favorably to DUNE, my favorite sci-fi novel of all time.”
Not exactly “fluff.” This is actually what I love about YA – it can dive deep into complex world-building without being dragged down by a lot of grown-up angst. Everything is fresh and new (and terrifying and dangerous) for our young protagonists. I think the enduring popularity of YA is because it has a sense of wonder that properly belongs to an age where every 30 seconds some new technology pops up to change our lives.
I hope you’ll dip into the YA pool and give some of these stories a try!
Susan Kaye Quinn, Speculative Fiction Author
Susan Kaye Quinn is the author of the Singularity Series, the bestselling Mindjack Trilogy, and the Debt Collector serial, as well as other speculative fiction novels and short stories. Her work has appeared in the Synchronic anthology, the Telepath Chronicles, the AI Chronicles, and has been optioned for Virtual Reality by Immersive Entertainment. Former rocket scientist, now she invents mind powers, dabbles in steampunk, and dreams of the Singularity. Mostly she sits around in her PJs in awe that she gets to write full time.
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“Hunger Games meets I-Robot”
What would you give to live forever? Or save your mother’s life?”
Seventeen-year-old Elijah Brighton wants to become an ascender—a post-Singularity human/machine hybrid—after all, they’re smarter, more enlightened, more compassionate, and above all, achingly beautiful. But Eli is a legacy human, preserved and cherished for his unaltered genetic code, just like the rainforest he paints. When a fugue state possesses him and creates great art, Eli miraculously lands a sponsor for the creative Olympics. If he could just master the fugue, he could take the gold and win the right to ascend, bringing everything he’s yearned for within reach… including his beautiful ascender patron. But once Eli arrives at the Games, he finds the ascenders are playing games of their own. Everything he knows about the ascenders and the legacies they keep starts to unravel… until he’s running for his life and wondering who he truly is.
When immortality is the prize, winning the Game is all that matters.
The Legacy Human is the first in Susan Kaye Quinn’s new young adult science fiction series that explores the intersection of mind, body, and soul in a post-Singularity world… and how technology will challenge us to remember what it means to be human.